Factory Says Buyers Will Go to Burma if Protests Continue

A representative of a factory that produces clothing for international clothing brands H&M, Gap and Levi Strauss warned yesterday that its buyers will place orders elsewhere if the strike for higher wages and benefits in its two factories continues. An official at the American Center for International Labor Solidarity, an international organization that promotes workers’ rights, however, said it was unlikely buyers would cancel their orders and that the factory was merely feeling the pressure from buyers to find a solution to the protests. Lim Chhor Khay, a chairman representative of Singaporean-owned SL Garment Processing (Cambodia) Co. Ltd., said some buyers were considering moving their business to Burma because of the continued strike. …

Aun Pheap and Dene-Hern Chen, P. 24